MULLER VAN SEVEREN:
In residence invites us into the charming home of the Belgium design duo, Muller Van Severen, represented by Side Gallery. The pair are inspired by the quest for sculpturally interesting furniture objects which interact with the space around them. Works from their series of wall lamps, as sold by Side Gallery are seen elegantly poised over the dining table of their home, located in the Ghent peripheries. Pieces such as their wall lights are characterized by careful research and represent the couple’s passion for art, architecture and materials. Describing their home in Ghent, Muller Van Severen use the word authentic more than once.
"The pair are inspired by the quest for sculpturally interesting furniture objects which interact with the space around them"
Their home embodies not only refined artistic design pieces but also, simple sentimental objects created with love rather than for show. This ethos is reflective in the production processes of the designers who stress that all of their production pieces are handmade by small-scale fabricators and skilled artisans whose honestly and passion for their work creates a soul within each piece. In 2019 the couple worked with Side Gallery to exclusively produce two unique lacquered steel multi-functional pieces that were shown at Salon Art and Design in New York, as well at Miami Design, 2019.
Muller Van Severen was founded in the early Spring of 2011. With Fien Muller a trained photographer and Hannes Van Severen an artist, it’s natural that their work sits somewhere between design and art. The couple create sculpturally interesting furniture objects, which interact with the space around them, characterized by careful research into art, architecture and materials. The designers explore the boundaries between art and design through a constant search for new innovative ways to make furniture with a sensitivity for functionality and practicality. Their constructions entertain a dialogue of austerity in conjunction with extravagance, lightness and severity, delicacy and solidity. Their fascinating world is based on their study of materials, their sense of color and proportions, as well as their apprehension of architecture
Materiality is another element that defines the work of the Belgium designers, materials often being the starting point of their designs. Striving to showcase the natural beauty of their chosen materials, they let the materials speak for themselves. Their objects reflect a deep appreciation of the materials they use to create their pieces. When it comes to colour, they prefer to use integrally coloured materials, in which colour penetrates to the very core of the object, if applying paint, they do so in textured layers, lending the designs a natural radiance.
One of the design duos first collections, Landscapes for Living symbolized their philosophy to “create is to live”. The collection of multi-functional furniture pieces embodied soulful design. Their works are created to come to life with the human form playing an essential part in the design; their book shelf “model writing desk”, for example comes life when the furniture’s second function is revealed, the piece becomes a bench, writing desk and shelf rather than simply the latter.
After winning countless awards and collaborating with prestigious museums (such as Vitra Museum, Centre Pompidou and Musée d'Art Decorative Paris) and galleries (Galerie Kreo, Side Gallery, Valerie Traan Gallery) worldwide, Muller Van Severen is considered to be one of the most image-defining European design teams of today. Their creations are globally identified in both private homes and public spaces. All of Muller Van Severens own production pieces are handmade by small-scale fabricators and skilled artisans, with an honesty to the rawness and irregularity of the chosen material.